You’ve spoken. (Or at least 6,375 of you have, through Saturday evening http://www.crossyroadhackss.com/.)
On Thursday morning we asked readers to predict how many games the Yankees will win in 2016, a year after they won 87 and qualified to host the American League Wild Card game. (They lost, 3-0, to the Houston Astros.)
Here’s the breakdown of Thursday’s poll:
87+ wins: 3,176 votes votes (49.82%)
82-87 wins: 2,122 votes votes (33.29%)
70-80 wins (under .500): 592 votes (9.29%)
81 wins (.500): 485 votes (7.6%)
(I erred when making the second option end in “87”; it should have been 86.) visit this website
Anyway, as you can see, it seems most readers are optimistic the Yankees will be as good as ’15 or even better next year. Nearly half predict they’ll win 87 or more games, which might be strong enough for an AL East title, or at least another Wild Card berth.
But is 87+ wins realistic, or is that 49.82% voting more on what they hope happens?
The roster, barring no injuries, will be the oldest in the league and to expect its lineup can again produce 764 runs (second-highest in baseball) might be a stretch. And right now, there’s no clear-cut No. 1 starter.
But perhaps a bounce-back season for Jacoby Ellsbury atop the lineup and similar production in the middle of the order (Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira hit 33 and 31 home runs, respectively, last season) will make for a competitive squad that can keep its shaky, oft-injured pitching staff afloat thronerushhacks.com/.
PLUS: Cashman: I get along fine with Derek Jeter
And yes, the bullpen should once again be solid, even if closer Andrew Miller is shipped out of the Bronx. (Reliever Dellin Betances should have no trouble filling that role.)
The Yankees have not won fewer than 84 games in a full season since 1992. Will that happen in 2016? Most readers say no, and, they’re expecting better simcity buildit hack.